How Is Your Heart?

May 13, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. (Proverbs 18:2)

There are so many loose, misguiding quotes floating around online. Often gullible Christians quote them too. We are in an increasingly “instant” world. There’s hardly any room for patience. Instant everything – medicine, answers to life, pain killers,

“Everything” is available on the internet. On cloud servers.

Fortunately, NO!

What you really need is beyond the “cloud(s)”. In the Heavens where God is, in the heart of whom the Holy Spirit is. Yes, Jesus did say He, The Father and The Holy Spirit will reside in us, when we abide in Him (John 15:4).

We are called to stay in the anointing of God (Romans 8:14).

What is the State of the unsanctified Heart?

What did Prophet Jeremiah say about the heart of man?

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)

What does Jesus say about the heart of man?

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: (Mark 7:20-22)

See the pattern? We were a total mess. There was nothing we could do to save ourselves. There was no repair, till Jesus came along and shed His precious blood for us on Calvary, rose again the third day. Jesus brings believers (anyone who believes) victory over death, sin, and sicknesses.

When we enter the Salvation experience by confessing with our mouth, and believe Jesus rose from the dead, from our hearts, then we enter into a lifestyle of victory and joy.

Our victorious lifestyle over all these evil natures is sustained by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Our hearts are then filled with amazing, fresh love that is pure and perfect.

“… because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5)

One of the aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit is LOVE (Galatians 5:22, 23)

How do we check-up our heart? We examine it in the light of the Word of God.

What does the Word of God do?

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

The Word of God has the power to sanctify our hearts (John 17:17).

The Holy Spirit of God sanctifies our hearts too. (Romans 8:13) (Colossians 3:5)

When we spend quality time in prayer and meditating the word of God, He moves us in ways we never imagined. This is a privilege, a gift, and it is given to all those who have been shown mercy, to be living examples here on earth.

May God enable you to give 100% of your heart to Him daily, to thrive in His Word and Power.


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Abuse In Relationships!



The purpose of a relationship is to know your partner very well, maintain sexual purity and sharpen each other in preparation for marriage.

When the purpose of a relationship is not known, then abuse is inevitable.

Abuse of a relationship is the misuse of the purpose of a relationship.

Many who are in a relationship today fail to identify and follow the purpose of a relationship, rather they follow what people say or what they feel about how a relationship should be.


Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

We are in a world where people don’t read the Bible and many who read the Bible do not follow what is written there.

Sex or romance is met to only happen between husband and wife not between ordinary boyfriend and girlfriend or fiance and fiancee. That’s how God designed it. Anything thing outside that is relationship abuse.

A relationship is not met for a man to examine all the local government in your body as a lady.

A relationship is not met for sex chats.

A relationship is not met for sending nudes.

A relationship is not met for premarital romance or sex.

You are abusing yourself and your relationship if you do anything like that.

A Brother told me how he raped the fiancee and he did not know what came over him. She later got pregnant and they were both embarrassed in their fellowship.

It’s because he doesn’t know the purpose of a relationship.

A relationship is not met to be staying in a room together when they are not married despite scripture warns you to abstain from all appearances of evil.

A Brother or Sister who asks for premarital sex does not know the purpose of a relationship and such is not ripe for a relationship.

Such persons need sexual purity class not relationship.

A Brother who attempts to rape you does not know the purpose of a relationship. Such deserve nothing but break up.

A sister who attempts to lure you into premarital sex or romance is yet to know the purpose of a relationship.

A partner who cheats while in a relationship with you does not know the purpose of a relationship, such needs self control not relationship.

You cannot abuse the purpose of relationship and your relationship and marriage will not be abused.

You can’t break or abuse God’s law of sexual purity and God will not permit the devil to abuse your your relationship and marriage.

A man who asks you for premarital sex, if you get pregnant, he will deny or probably ask you to commit abortion, and if you lose your womb or die while commiting abortion, he will marry another lady and have children.

As a lady, you must guide your body jealously and be selfish by not allowing any man touch or come into your temple for sex or romance except by marriage.


A Brother explained how his fiancee insulted, embarrass and ridicule him just because he gave account of their relationship to his mentor.

A sister or brother who abuse you verbally in a relationship doesn’t know the purpose of a relationship, such doesn’t need a relationship yet but a class on how to bridle his or her own tongue 😝 .

If you are in a relationship where your partner insult and embarrasses you without any sign of growing up or changing, then it’s time to break up!

Do not tolerate, condone or accept verbal abuse from any partner in a relationship because it would continue in marriage.

If your partner does not value you, there’s a Brother or Sister praying night and day just to be in a relationship with someone like you.

Anyone who stays in verbally abusive relationship is suffering from inferiority complex and low self esteem, the earlier you discover this and walk away, the better.


A Brother who slaps or hit you in a relationship will kill you with beating in marriage.

A sister who jack up your shirt and threaten you to beat her up will be a trouble maker in marriage.

A Brother who threaten to hit, beat or slap you if you repeat an action that’s not sinful will turn you into a punching bag.

Why are you still with him despite he hits you? Money or sex? Your mates are making their own money without the effort of any man. You will not forever be horny in marriage if it’s sex, don’t be fooled!

A sister that Jacks up or hold your shirt in a relationship doesn’t know the purpose of a relationship, such will be physically abusive in marriage.

A friend told me of a lady who canceled her wedding just because the husband-to-be slapped her during their traditional wedding because they had an intense argument.

I salute the courage of the young lady who saved herself from abusive marriage.

Physical abuse is never a mistake in a relationship.

Why don’t you make a mistake of hitting a soldier or fellow men when you have arguments or disagreement?

Holy Spirit will not Lead you to hit your partner.

A spiritual man cannot hit you in a relationship.


It’s called relationship not sponsorship.

It’s called relationship not Father to daughter thing.

I have seen several ladies who say he has not bought me anything or given me money since we started this relationship.

I usually ask such lady, what have you bought him or how much have you given him since you started the relationship?

There’s no rule that says a man must give you money for your hair do, dress and shoulder all your expenses in a relationship when it’s not marriage.

It’s called relationship because both of you are supposed to relate whatever you have and share it together not one sided.

A lady told me that she gave close to 300k to her fiancee and he used the money to marry another lady.

Don’t give any man your money in a relationship except he has passed the TESTS OF TRUST.

A man that loves you will buy you things or give you money willingly without asking because he knows your value and worths.


1. Don’t go into a relationship with a sinner or someone who doesn’t know the purpose of a relationship. A sinner is someone who doesn’t have genuine salvation experience.

2. Have relationship mentor and be accountable.

You should have a relationship mentor who you give the weekly and monthly account of your relationship to.

Both of you can decide to choose a mentor you are accountable to.

If your partner says he or she doesn’t believe in relationship mentor or accountability, then such may be an abuser except if everything is going on well in the relationship.

Most abusive relationship doesn’t have parental or pastoral mentorship.

3. Don’t make your relationship secret.

A relationship like ordinary boyfriend and girlfriend that your parents do not approve of usually end up being abusive.

Carry your physical or spiritual parents along in your relationship and let them be aware of your partner misbehavior or change in behavior so that they can call him or her to order.

4. Attend seminars and conferences together.

Attend relationship and spiritual growth conferences and seminars together so that you can sharpen your inner person.

5. Be Financially Independent.

Don’t be idle.

Make your own money.

Don’t depend on your partner before you buy Airtime and personal expenses.

Stop begging or asking your partner for money.

Avoid unnecessary borrowing of money from your partner.

It’s difficult to abuse someone who is financially stable.

6. Don’t make your partner feel like you can’t do without them.

When your partner realizes that you are desperate, you may become a victim of abuse.

If you are the only one initiating calls and chats then you are acting desperate, and you may be abused.

A relationship built on abuse, the marriage will be abusive, enduring and may not last.

Don’t accept any form of abuse in a relationship.

Develop high self confidence and self esteem.

You are wonderfully and beautifully made.

God’s will for you is not to be in an abusive relationship.

God won’t tempt you with an abusive partner. Don’t be deceived. Abusive partner is not your cross in a relationship. The only cross ➕ Jesus gave you is preaching of the Gospel not abusive partner.

If your relationship is abusive, the only solution is to break up.

You can’t change a man or woman because you are not the Holy Spirit.

Don’t marry him or her thinking such will change. People rarely change in marriage.

Most women and men in abusive marriage today saw it coming in a relationship but they were thinking he or she would change, it’s too late for them now because they are already married.

Even if you divorce due to abuse, the stigma and trauma of divorce can never leave you for life.

It’s better to break up from abusive partner now in a relationship, than to marry and be praying every day.

1 Peter 4:14
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

15. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

16. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

17. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God


–Oluwaniyi Aderopo Hezekiah

8 Ways How Goodness Follows Us! (Part-2)

May 14, 2020 hephzibahgarden

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬

Let me take you straight into the topic of — 8 ways how Goodness follows us. Incase you would like to go through the first part of this series, you can find it here.

5. Goodness follows those who walk uprightly — To be upright means to be honest | righteous. Job was an upright man (Job1:1) and so was David (1 Samuel 29:6; 2 Samuel 22:24). To dwell upon God’s holy hill and abide in His tabernacle, we must be people who speak the truth in our heart and who also walk uprightly. Psalms 15:1,2. Hence, all those who live such a lifestyle, the Lord will not withhold any good thing from coming to them – For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalms‬ ‭84:11‬.

6. Goodness follows those who have acquaintance with Him — To acquaint ourselves with God means to have a life of prayer. When we maintain a steady relationship with God through a life of prayer and praising, the Lord would reveal His secrets and warn us of things beforehand. Job says, Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Job 22:21.

7. Those who BE the chosen – Many are called, but only a few are Chosen! Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. Psalms‬ ‭65:4‬. Let’s be found among those who are Chosen of God.

8. Those who are a king — In the Old Testament, the Priest would anoint a person with oil to proclaim him as king. In the New Testament period, we become kings through the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. When we love righteousness and hate iniquity, the Lord will anoint us with the oil of gladness (referring to be baptised with the Holy Spirit). This was mentioned about Jesus as well. Hebrews 1:8,9. The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. Psalms‬ ‭21:1-3‬.

May the Lord help us! ❤️

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“Simply Reprehensible”: COVID-19 Occasions More Abuse of Christians under Islam

05/14/2020 by Raymond Ibrahim

Gatestone Institute

Reports have appeared in recent weeks indicating that COVID-19 is furnishing a new pretext in the Islamic word to discriminate against and even persecute religious minorities, chiefly Christians.

According to an April 29 report, “in countries such as Ethiopia Christians are denied the resources of the community, which is mainly composed of Muslims. These minorities are excluded from society, making it difficult to provide them with help or support.”   A separate report notes that in Muslim-majority Uzbekistan, Christians “have been denied aid because of their religion.”

Pakistan, as usual, offers several examples.  According to a March 30 report:

A Karachi [based] NGO has denied [COVID-19 related] food aid to poor Hindus and Christians, who like Muslims are suffering from coronavirus…. The Saylani Welfare International Trust has been operating in the Korangi area since 1999, handing out aid and meals to homeless people and seasonal workers. Two days ago, the welfare organisation refused to give ration cards to non-Muslims, saying that only Muslims are entitled to them. The reason for this is that Zakat, Islamic alms giving (one of Islam’s five pillars), is reserved for Muslims. The Christian man said he begged for food to no avail. Farooq Masih, a 54-year-old Christian in Korangi, said that last Saturday, Abid Qadri, a member of Saylani Welfare, with other NGO members, handed out food cards in his area. But, when they got to Christian homes, they just moved on.

“A few days back there was an announcement made through a mosque’s loud speaker in the Sher-Shah neighborhood of Lahore inviting citizens to collect the government’s announced foodstuffs,” a pastor explained concerning another similar incident in Pakistan. “When Christians reached the distribution point and presented their national identity cards, they were asked by staffers to get out of the line claiming the foodstuff was only for Muslim citizens.” This same pastor received numerous phone calls from his flock, all of whom experienced the same denial. “Christians often face religious hatred and discrimination,” a Christian woman, aged 50, said of her experience. “However, we never thought of this biased behavior by the majority people at this critical time of COVID-19.”

Others are using this pandemic to win converts to Islam.  According to a May 8 report, “an Islamic cleric claims his organization is using COVID-19 food aid to convert non-Muslims to Islam.”  Speaking on Pakistani television, the cleric boasted of how when a destitute Christian man came for aid, the “staff of the organization offered him conversion against food which he accepted.”  The man was subsequently renamed Muhammad Ramadan, signifying his conversion had occurred during the holy month.  According to the cleric, Muhammad is now fasting (which is ironic considering hunger is what prompted him to convert in the first place).

The issue in Pakistan is apparently so bad that on April 13, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USIRF) denounced its discriminatory and abusive measures as “simply reprehensible,”adding:

As COVID-19 continues to spread, vulnerable communities within Pakistan are fighting hunger and to keep their families safe and healthy.  Food aid must not be denied because of one’s faith. We urge the Pakistani government to ensure that food aid from distributing organizations is shared equally with Hindus, Christians, and other religions minorities.

While “reprehensible,” Pakistan’s conduct towards its non-Muslim minorities is certainly consistent.  The USCIRF’s own 2019 Annual Report notes that Christians and Hindus in Pakistan “face continued threats to their security and are subject to various forms of harassment and social exclusion.”

Among other “uncharitable” acts connected to COVID-19 in Pakistan, a Christian man was tortured to death for “defiling” a Muslim well; and, after another Christian man asked his employer if he could leave early to attend church, he was told to “clean our toilets [first] and take our germs to your church so that they can suffer”—and then given a sound beating.

At the other end of the Muslim world, in “Shariah-governed areas” of Nigeria, “the government is discriminating against Christians,” also in the context of COVID-19, said an April 17 report. Millions of Christians living in  northern Nigeria’s Kaduna State, “report they get six times smaller rations from the state than Muslim families.  Believers we talked to shared that a Christian family of four receives a grossly inadequate ration of a single packet of noodles and one small plate of uncooked rice.”

The same report highlighted how “hundreds of thousands of believers all throughout sub-Saharan Africa … are not only persecuted for their decision to follow Jesus but are now doubly vulnerable to the impact of a global pandemic”:

Specifically, four of the five most virus-vulnerable countries—the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Sudan and Cameroon—also count among the places in sub-Saharan Africa where life is hardest for Christians…  For Christians who are already persecuted, the pandemic gives way to even more ways believers can be discriminated against, exploited and attacked for their faith.

“We are facing persecution because of our faith and we are also facing a global pandemic,” Rev. John Joseph Hayab, a pastor in Nigeria explained. “We run away from our persecution … or we run away from the global sickness that we are facing. We have a double problem.”

“We lie down at night, not knowing if we’ll wake,” another pastor said concerning the ongoing terror attacks, particularly by Fulani Muslim herdsmen, who, if anything, have only increased their deadly raids on Christian villages, thereby compromising their immune system with more stress and trauma. “In the midst of this coronavirus challenges and situation, the attacks on Christians have not stopped,” he said.

The situation for sub-Saharan Christians is further exacerbated by the fact that “[s]pecific targeting by Islamic radical groups like Boko Haram, ISIS, Fulani militants and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) across the region has displaced many thousands of Christians.”  Such Christians are now living in crowded and hard to reach refugee camps where they are “suffer[ing] intensely without water, sanitation and hygiene,” making them extra susceptible to contracting the deadly virus.

“We are only at the dawn of the unfolding of this pandemic in this part of Africa,” a human rights observer said in words that apply to Christians all throughout the Muslim world:  “There are many causes for concern for Christian minorities, like the economic impact of continued violence against Christians amid lockdowns, marginalization of Christians, especially [converts], and Christians being blamed to have caused the virus.”

In other words, at a time when COVID-19 is showing the best of people—countless doctors, nurses, health care providers, philanthropist institutions and churches in America have stepped up beyond the call of duty, and certainly without consideration for things like race or religion—in the Muslim world COVID-19 has merely occasioned more of the usual: hate for and persecution of contemptible “infidels,” particularly Christians.

“Simply Reprehensible”: COVID-19 Occasions More Abuse of Christians under Islam

VIDEO Jesus ‘Found Me in My Dirt and Pulled Me Out,’ Justin Bieber Says

Michael Foust | Contributor |  February 18, 2020

Jesus 'Found Me in My Dirt and Pulled Me Out,' Justin Bieber Says

Singer Justin Bieber in a new interview credits his Christian faith for saving him from self-destruction, saying he’s “grateful” to have friends in his life who live for Jesus.

Bieber, who recently released a new album, Changestold Apple Music’s Zane Lowe his faith saved him from darkness and transformed the way he views life.

“I was just living in this shame, living in all this sort of stuff in my past and I wasn’t able to move on,” he said. “… [Now] the way I look at my relationship with God and with Jesus is I’m not trying to earn God’s love by doing good things. God has already loved me for who I am, before I did anything to earn and deserve it. It’s a free gift by accepting Jesus and just giving your life to Him.

“And what He did is the gift – the forgiveness is the thing that we look at and, you know, ‘I’m going to worship You, God, because You gave me something so good.’ And so you live that life of like, ‘I don’t want to cheat on my wife, not because it’s the right thing to do but because I don’t want to hurt her.’ See the difference there?”

Asked by Lowe if he “was on a path of self-destruction” without Christ, Bieber said he was.

“Oh, for sure. Yeah, for sure, 100 percent. Yeah. 100 percent,” a pensive Bieber answered. “It would have been – it was bad. … I don’t know if I’d be alive for sure. It was dark, really dark. So I’m very grateful to have influences in my life that have played a huge part in me seeing their relationship with Jesus, and their relationship with their wives, and their relationship with their kids, and saying, ‘That’s what I want.’ [I’m] striving after that.”

Previously, he said, “I had really bad examples of Christians in my life, who would say one thing and do another. They were my direct example of who Jesus was.”

His faith began growing when “I really just looked at the character of who Jesus really was.”

Jesus, Bieber said, “found me in my dirt and pulled me out.”

“I want to definitely tell my story so that if that resonates to anybody, they can hopefully learn from it,” he said.

Bieber married model Hailey Baldwin in 2018. He told Lowe she’s “the best wife in the world.” Changes, he said, was inspired by her.

“She supports me through so much. I’m really honored to be her husband. … This is an album I wrote in the first year of our marriage, so it’s so fresh,” he said. “There’s so much more to learn about commitment, and building trust, and foundation. I’m looking forward to continuing to build and make music that’s going to reflect that.”


Justin Bieber Reveals Lyme Disease Diagnosis

Photo courtesy: Getty Images/Jon Kopaloff/Stringer

Video courtesy: Justin Bieber

Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity TodayThe Christian PostThe Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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